After years of isolation, travellers are rediscovering Mozambique, with its 2500kms of virgin Indian Ocean coastline, its pristine tropical beaches fringed with coconut palms and endless coral reefs. Holidays to Mozambique have come to define the term 'bare-foot luxury' with the country's offering of characterful small lodges on virtually uninhabited islands. Mozambique holidays are ideal for honeymooners or as the perfect complement to a safari in Southern or East Africa.
The Bazaruto & Quirimbas Archipelagos
The southerly Bazaruto Archipelago has been the main focus for Mozambique holidays in recent times, and rightly so. It is relatively easy to reach via Vilanculos airport on the mainland and then a short boat ride or flight. However the more remote Quirimbas Islands, in the far north, are growing in popularity, appealing to eco-tourists, divers and adventurous souls in search of unspoilt places.
Portuguese Colonial Ruins
Ibo Town, on Ibo Island in the Quirimbas Archipelago, was the administrative capital of the Portuguese colony and an important East African trading post for over 500 years. Ibo’s swift decline during the 20th century has made it a surreal place, a tiny island with imposing ruins of villas, forts and administrative buildings in the middle of nowhere. We highly recommend Ibo Island Lodge, which is made up from three converted waterfront mansions set in lovely gardens with a pool.
From the mainland beach lodges to the south of Pemba, a trip to the World Heritage site of Ilha de Mocambique should not be missed. This fortified former Portuguese trading post is a remarkable example of 16th century colonial architecture influenced by Indian and Arab traditions. Coral Lodge is a favourite here.
Maputo & the Lagoon Coast
Alternatively, new beach lodges south of Matputo, on the Lagoon Coast, just north of the border with South Africa, offer visitors to South Africa's Kruger National Park easy access to a boutique beach experience. The ease of access makes this a very attractive safari and beach combination.
Mozambique Safari Options
Mozambique is also an emerging safari destination, so holidays to Mozambique can include both game viewing and time on a superb beach. Some of the last true wilderness areas can be found here and intrepid safari operators are working to make them accessible. In the far north, the truly vast Niassa National Reserve is one the largest protected areas in Africa, and Gorongosa in Central Mozambique is a conservation success story. These are safaris for ‘Africaphiles’ seeking real wilderness experiences - ask us about which areas are currently the most suitable for a safari experience.